UK nationals travelling to European destinations this summer have to be cautious upon reaching the 27-nation-bloc, provided that the travelling rules for them have changed since the country left the EU.
More specifically, since January 2020, when Brexit was finalised, travelling-related matters changed for Britons, obliging the latter to apply for a visa in order to stay in the zone for more than 90 days, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In addition, there are a number of rules that Brits should follow to make sure that they are informed of the new regulations that they have to follow reaching the European countries.
Britons Must Check Their Passport’s Expiration Date Before Reaching EU
First of all, holders of a British passport have to ensure their document is valid for at least three more months before travelling to the EU, and the passport must be issued in the last ten years.
Brits are also advised to check how many days they need to have in their passport before travelling to their destination country, as the passport’s validity requirement depends on EU Member States’ individual basis.
Moreover, such procedures can take time; therefore, Brits should apply at least ten weeks prior to travelling in order to renew their passports.
After Brexit, Brits can stay in the EU, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland without a visa for 90 days in a 180-day period. For any stay longer than 90 days, UK nationals have to apply for the appropriate visa and residence permit.
“For the time being, British citizens do not need to apply in advance to travel to the UK. All you need is your passport, travel ticket or driving documents (if you are driving), enough money, and health insurance. But, starting from the end of 2022, you will have to get an electronic travel authorisation known as ETIAS,” SchengenVisaInfo.com explains the rules regarding the UK nationals to visit EU post-Brexit.
Don’t Forget “UK” Sticker if You Are Driving to EU
As of last year, the Brits will have to substitute their “Great Britain – GB” sticker with one that says “UK”.
The UK Blue Badge can be used when travelling in some EU countries as well as Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Parking concessions are different in each country, so it is important to check the details for the destination country.
Bring a Valid Pet Passport
UK nationals that are pet owners are required to provide an Animal Health Certificate, in addition to the pet being microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Dogs will need tapeworm treatment when travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, or Malta.
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